A look at worldwide protests and related events following the police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and the deadly sniper attack on police officers in Dallas.
About 300 people gathered in front of the state Capitol to seek solutions to racial strife, which Little Rock knows so well.
The pastor of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in North Little Rock said Friday everyone should be working to end the nation’s unsettled time.
“The question remains, ‘When will enough be enough?'” Earl Graham Jr. asked.
The crowd chanted the question back to him.
Little Rock was the scene of one of the nation’s first desegregation battles in 1957, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent troops into the city to escort nine black children into Central High School.
Rappers Snoop Dogg and The Game led a peaceful march to Los Angeles police headquarters, where they met with the mayor and police chief and urged improved relations between authorities and minority communities. Protests were planned in Oakland and San Francisco on Friday night.
In Sacramento, guards were closing the Capitol early in expectation of a protest Friday evening. The demonstration was organized by affiliates of the Black Lives Matter movement after the Dallas shooting.
Black Lives Matter supporters said they plan to continue a sit-in in Denver in response to the police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana through Tuesday for a total of 135 hours. That’s an hour for each of the black people they say have been killed by police across the country this year.
The gathering, across from the City and County Building, began Thursday afternoon, several hours before police officers were killed in Dallas.
People have been dropping off food and water for those camped out on chairs and blankets in Civic Center Park.
Thousands of people marched through downtown Atlanta to protest the recent police shootings of blacks.
Demonstrators flooded the streets and brought traffic to a standstill Friday after gathering at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights near Centennial Olympic Park. Protesters chanted “hands up, don’t shoot.”
Police Chief George Turner and Democratic Mayor Kasim Reed urged protesters to cooperate with law enforcement. The march appeared peaceful.
Hundreds of demonstrators in New Orleans gathered under a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to demand an end to police brutality Friday night.
The crowd blocked traffic as participants chanted slogans, held signs and listened to speeches. One group of protesters sang “We Shall Overcome.”
Earlier on Friday, more than two dozen protesters briefly lay down in front of the New Orleans Police Department headquarters in a symbolic die-in.
Restaurant owner Marguerite Gordon, who lost a 16-year-old child to street violence in 2009, was among those who sprawled on the plaza in front of the police department. She said she’s fed up with people killing each other.
Religious leaders gathered at an interfaith service in Boston to pray for an end to the racially tinged violence racking the nation.
Nancy Taylor, senior pastor of Old South Church, told the gathering she was weary of the mounting death toll.
“I’m here to say that I’m tired of praying,” she said. “Tired of praying over dead bodies, the young dead. Sick and tired of praying over those killed by gun violence.”
The Rev. Laura Everett, of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, called on people “to do the work of dismantling the systemic racism that pervades our American society.”
Organizers have postponed a weekend rally in Flint in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after the killings of five Dallas police officers.
The Rev. Jeffrey Hawkins said the rally was intended to be a way to discuss how to improve relationships with police. He told The Flint Journal he wasn’t discouraged from holding the Saturday event but felt it wasn’t a good time.
No new date has been set.
About 300 people gathered in southwest Omaha to protest the recent fatal police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana.
Protest organizer Rene Harper said the Dallas shooting kept some people away.
The group discussed how to conduct a peaceful protest before moving with signs to all four corners of an intersection.
Police were present. Several police cruisers were in the area, and police officers were stationed on the roofs of nearby businesses.
Pittsburgh’s police chief walked along with protesters at an activist march downtown on Friday and said it was peaceful.
Organizers billed the march as a protest against “growing inequality and a toxic atmosphere of hate.” Police Chief Cameron McLay shook marchers’ hands and chatted with them.
In Philadelphia, about 150 people marched for the third consecutive night to protest the deadly shootings of black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota.
The demonstrators, ranging from young children to seniors who recalled marches by civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., held signs and chanted.
Two of Utah’s top law enforcement leaders say they won’t change the way their agencies patrol or handle protests following the shooting of police officers in Dallas but want the community to work with police to break down barriers of mistrust.
Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said that happened in Dallas was “a classic ambush.”
Salt Lake City police Chief Mike Brown said residents need to remember officers are mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, not just uniforms.
A few dozen people rallied peacefully outside the U.S. Department of Justice headquarters, holding candles and quietly singing “We Shall Not Be Moved” amid a heavy local and federal police presence.
Howard University student George Wyche, who’s from Houston, said he was worn out emotionally from the racially tinged violence of this week. He said he believes there are no easy answers to the tensions plaguing the country.
“It’s a time for belief in the greater good of humanity,” Wyche said.
Hundreds of people took part in a Black Lives Matter protest in London on Friday.
Large crowds of people marched through busy streets in the central part of the city as drivers honked their horns and passers-by pumped their fists.